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Issue No:41
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2012

This issue of Yemaya includes articles on women fish processors in Senegal, conditions of fishing communities post civil war and after tsunami in Sri Lanka, women participating in decision-making process in Philippines and how women are turning to farm feed production as livelihood options in India. The edit focuses on the gender issues within the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Africa / Senegal

Paying for yip

The earnings of women fish processors and traders in Senegal are the mainstay of their families but they facing systemic constraints

By Madeleine Hall-Arber (, PhD of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sea Grant College Program, US

Women of the fishing communities of Senegal are central to the processing and trade of fish and fish products landed by the country’s artisanal fleet. Their roles have been critical to the fishing industry for many decades. Furthermore, the majority of women’s earnings are devoted to providing for their children, as well as contributing to their husband’s work. Nevertheless, until recently, women’s contributions to their families, communities and the fishing industry as a whole have not been acknowledged. Consequently, women have been underrepresented in fisheries management and/or in the discussions on ways to improve the sustainability of the fishing industry.

As a graduate student in anthropology, I spent most of 1981 in Guet N’dar, the fishing community of Saint Louis investigating Senegalese women’s roles in the fishing industry. My dissertation focused on the critical importance of the women’s small-scale earnings. Fast forward 30 years on, when serendipity led to my...

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